Duke of Edinburgh winners have the Midas touch

FROM kickboxing to Ceroc, and rugby coaching to navigating Dartmoor bogs, young Duke of Edinburgh awardees were yet again entertaining and inspiring as their achievements were recognised.

Teens from across Woking proved they had the Midas touch as they collected their Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Duke of Edinburgh certificates.

TRIBUTE – Runnymede Mayor Yvonna Lay

TRIBUTE – Runnymede Mayor Yvonna Lay

The HG Wells Centre was at its showbiz best and provided an impressive experience in acknowledging the accomplishments of the 150 teens present, in front of their parents and supporters.

The event is organised by the volunteers of the Woking DofE Forum and sponsored by Woking Borough Council. The mayors or Woking and Runnymede, along with the chairman of Surrey County Council and the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Dame Sarah Goad, congratulated each winner.

The whole of Woking was well represented, with awardees from Fullbrook, Woking High, St John the Baptist, Bishop David Brown, Freemantles, Woking College, and Woking Sea Rangers.

Many of the teenagers shared highlights with the audience, giving an insight into the range of skills, volunteering and physical activities they enjoyed, and often, the toughness of the expedition section.

“More young people achieve DofE Awards in Surrey than anywhere else in the UK,” explained the Volunteer Chairman of the Woking DofE Forum, Paul Ballard.

“In Surrey, 11 forums exist to help local centres deliver the DofE scheme.

“They provide a support network for centre leaders and help maintain standards, sharing good practice across all centres in the area.

“Volunteers also manage a pool of expedition equipment, and organise and host this annual awards ceremony. Most young people work through the DofE with their school or college, but there are centres for those who would like to undertake it outside the school environment.”

The Woking Forum is open to all those with an interest in supporting and developing DofE in the borough.

“Many of the young people here will have borrowed tents and rucksacks from the Woking Pool of Equipment, which is the forum’s means of supporting young people with their expeditions,” explained Paul. “Our particular need this year is for someone to administer and care for the equipment pool.”

Those who would like to get involved or would like to set up a new centre should call 07968 891822.

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